We shouldn’t remember the former things, nor consider the things of old. How challenging! The word remember means to recall it as if to make it active. The old helped us to be where we are today but cannot dictate our present way of doing things.
We acknowledge the negative we shouldn’t recall, but not the positive. It is the past successes we must remember and appreciate. What worked one way then will not work the same way now. This is true in relationships as well. We relate to everyone celebrating their uniqueness. When making choices, we need to take captive old mind sets and welcome the thoughts the mind of Christ has for us.
Fear of the unknown can hinder productivity and growth and keep us in the past. Discouragement because of past failures freezes our steps. As we yield to Him, God continues the healing process and brings new life in all He does in and through us. It is a new day in the Lord! We let go of the old and welcome the new God has for us. He leads us by His grace, from glory to glory!
Isaiah 43:18 “Do not remember the former things, Nor consider the things of old.”
We seek spiritual food before physical or emotional food. Even though our spiritual hunger is the most important, it is often neglected. We are to seek the Kingdom first and His righteousness. To seek means to crave, go after someone or something with an intense desire. When we have a need in the natural, it defies logic to look for a spiritual answer, yet it is what fulfills us in every area.
The Kingdom is the realm where Jesus Christ rules. When we seek His leadership, we come under His authority and directives. He leads us to His provisions with love and care. Our need of Him is greater than our need for anything else. The key is to seek His righteousness, not ours.
Looking at our own righteousness hinders us from abiding in His. We realize our unworthiness, our falling short of His glory, and question whether we deserve to have Him to meet our needs. His Kingdom and His righteousness go hand in hand. We are in right standing with God because of what Jesus Christ has done for us on the cross. This reality leads us to rest in Him. We can trust His provisions because of our position in Him. God honors our hunger for Him, from glory to glory.
Matthew 6:33 “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”
The best time to direct our voices to God is first thing in the morning, before we turn our attention to anything else. When we can grasp and experience this precious time with the Lord, we will look for it daily.
When our focus is to address Him first, it affects our bible reading. We express our love, gratitude, and need for His guidance and wisdom; all while knowing that He hears us. Our worship leads to our fervent prayers. Our fellowship with Him comes first. Distractions occur, but we refocus on the Lord as soon as possible. Even in our rushing moments, our communication with Him helps us handle the pressures of the day.
God delights in our pursuit of His presence. It is from our personal relationships with Him that everything else flows. When this precious time becomes a habit, it also becomes a priority through the rest of our days. Before we get coffee, before we take a shower, before we eat, before we do anything, we are to talk to the Lord. He talks back and we learn to recognize His voice, from glory to glory!
Psalms 5:3 “My voice You shall hear in the morning, O Lord; In the morning I will direct it to You, And I will look up.”
We are free from the penalty of sin; but we must persevere in walking free from its power. We are free from the captivity of satan; but must persist to resist his temptations and insults. We are free from the legal ordinances of the ceremonial law; but we must persevere to remain free from the pressure of observing legal rituals, customs and habits. We are to stand fast in the liberty by which Christ has set us free. We do so by yielding to the Holy Spirit.
We do not read the Word, pray, fast, or do things for the Lord because we have to; but because we can do so as a child of God. Our will is to do His will. As we walk in the Spirit, we bear the fruit thereof. Self-discipline is one of these fruits. Even when our flesh doesn’t want us to, it helps us do what is beneficial for us. Everything we do by the spirit is not an obligation: it’s a decision and a joy.
When things are said or done around us to try to entangle us again with a yoke of bondage, let us look to Jesus. The yoke He bore on His shoulders carrying the Cross is all sufficient. We rest in Him. We serve Him and others with a cheerful heart, not entangled with encumbrances, but one with Him. We stand fast in our freedom in Christ, from glory to glory!
Galatians 5:1 “Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.”
Fasting makes us stronger spiritually and increases our emotional and physical well-being. The results are not seen immediately, but progressively as we reach new and enlightening levels of encounters with God, ourselves and others.
With every encounter we find we are walking more in the spirit and less in the flesh; and some of our ways that we wanted to change are now changed because of the fast. We realize that by taking authority over the flesh, we have submitted to the authority of God in greater measure. In doing so, we have resisted the enemy and he had to flee. We now are moving faster, free from what was holding us back. Things are clear and our focus has been sharpened. The hurdles have been moved and God is taking us fast forward into the glorious journey He has prepared for us.
Our transformation is spiritual, emotional and physical. In every area of our being we are moving quickly, supernaturally, and surprisingly into a new place in God, with God and for God. We are advancing in a fast forward mode. The progress is not seen immediately, but when it’s seen, it is greater than anticipated, from glory to glory!
Isaiah 43:18-19 “Do not remember the former things, Nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness And rivers in the desert.”
It’s through feasting on the abundance of the riches we have in Christ that we are able to fast from what hinders our freedom.
Our enemy throws fiery darts at us to destroy our destiny, but he can see that God has given us the opposite. We feast on God’s peace when confusion comes. We feast on God’s love when rejection comes. We feast on God’s truth when lies come. We feast on all that we have in Christ to fast from all that comes from our enemy. This is done in every area of our lives: spirit, soul and body. We feast on drinking water so we can fast from sodas. We feast on healthy food to fast the unhealthy ones. We feast on good relationships to fast from those that may be hurtful.
Not only does feasting help the fasting, but the opposite is also true. When we fast and overcome the desires of our flesh, by God’s grace, we are able to feast like never before. We run more swiftly to the table the Lord has prepared for us in the presence of our enemies. The enemy can only watch; he cannot come to that table. In Christ, we feast and are full, Hallelujah! Our spirit is strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. The reward of a fast is a greater feast of the things of God. We fast and feast, from glory to glory!
Psalm 23:5 “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over.”